‘Profoundly broken’ For decades, Hogshead-Makar did not talk publicly about the traumatic events that occurred in the autumn of 1981 when she was 19. While out jogging outside the campus of Duke University in North Carolina, she was raped by a stranger. With help and support from loved ones, friends and coaches, she rebuilt her life but kept the attack private.”I didn’t talk about it for 20 years because I would have started to cry, as I healed from it,” Hogshead-Makar said. Eventually, a friend and mentor, the human rights activist Richard Lapchick, suggested that talking about the attack could help.”He said, ‘You really need to start talking about your own experience’,” Hogshead-Makar said. “And he was right.”She suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. “I felt profoundly broken. I felt forsaken by God. I was scared all the time,” she said. “I thought that I could overcome it by willing it away.”Hogshead-Makar said she benefited from two things that many sexual assault victims don’t receive.”Number one, everybody around me believed that it happened,” she said. “Number two, people believed in the depth of my emotional harm. Nobody told me, ‘Just get over it’.” Topics : Three years after the trauma of being raped by a stranger while jogging outside a university campus, American swimmer Nancy Hogshead-Makar lit up the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles by winning three gold medals and a silver.Today, the 57-year-old lawyer, mother and activist devotes her life towards the fight for gender equality and the battle against sexual abuse in sport.In an interview with AFP ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, Hogshead-Makar says she remains “unrealistically optimistic” about her work and life in general. After retiring from swimming, the Iowa native channeled her energy into helping others. After becoming a lawyer, she focused on campaigning for gender equality and combating sexual abuse in sport. Gender equity In her efforts to foster change in Olympic sports in the United States, she’s drawing from her experience as an elite swimmer. Hogshead-Makar believes that the nature of competitive swimming fosters equality.”It’s no coincidence that some of the best gender equity advocates come from the sport of swimming because we see equality,” she said.”I trained almost exclusively with guys. I was accustomed to having things be fair. We swam lap-for-lap and we lifted weight-for-weight.”There have however been cases of questionable behavior. One of Hogshead-Makar’s former coaches, Mitch Ivey, was suspended from the sport for life in 2013 after evidence emerged of improper sexual relationships with multiple swimmers he had coached.”The boundaries are just not well spelled out the way they are for counselors, religious leaders or lawyers or teachers,” says Hogshead-Makar, who has founded the advocacy group Champion Women. In 2012, the United States Olympic Committee ordered all its member federations to ban intimate relationships between coaches and athletes, regardless of age and consent.Hogshead-Makar however says the message still needs to be reinforced. She estimates that only 0.5 percent of swimmers and 1.4 percent of their parents have received adequate training to safeguard against the problem.To raise awareness on the issue, Hogshead-Makar is working on a social media campaign with Child USA, a non-profit which works to end child abuse and neglect in the United States.She was also heavily involved in the effort to launch the US Center for SafeSport, the first independent organization to combat sexual and physical violence in Olympic sports, which launched in 2017. “I guess you have to be in order to try to win in the Olympics and try to address sexual abuse in sports,” Hogshead-Makar said. “They’re pretty audacious goals.”The day before the interview, Hogshead-Makar had been working until the early hours drafting a letter to the US Congress about bipartisan legislation that calls for tougher protections for amateur athletes against abuse by coaches and employees.Hogshead-Makar’s work ethic mirrors the dedication that formed the cornerstone of her swimming career — from the age of 11, she would spend four hours a day churning the waters of her training pool.”My winning formula was to compete,” Hogshead-Makar said. “That’s how I was successful in life.”
‘Strategy is sound’ Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Tegnell stressed that his comments should not be taken to mean that he or the Public Health Agency had had second thoughts about their strategy.”We’re still of the opinion that the strategy is sound, but then there are always improvements to make, especially in hindsight,” Tegnell told reporters.”I personally think it would be rather odd to answer anything else to such a question,” he added.Sweden’s leaders have repeatedly stressed that the measures are designed for the long haul, that the fight against the virus is a “marathon, not a sprint”.But their approach has been criticized at home and abroad, particularly as the number of deaths has far exceeded those in neighboring Nordic countries, which all imposed more restrictive containment measures.Tegnell noted what he called an “ambivalent” view of Sweden abroad, with their approach having received both praise and scorn. “Sometimes it has been perceived as a bit of a threat, because it could indirectly cast doubt on some of the fairly drastic measures undertaken,” Tegnell said.Speaking separately to Swedish news agency TT, he said implementing heavy-handed measures “can also do more damage.”There’s no direct correlation between doing a lot and being cautious,” he argued.”There’s nothing to indicate that we would have had a totally different outcome if we had implemented more drastic measures.”Britain did that but did not have a good outcome.” he said. Sweden’s top epidemiologist said Wednesday there was room for improvement in the country’s controversial softer approach to curbing the spread of COVID-19, but maintained he still had faith in the strategy.Anders Tegnell, the public face of Sweden’s virus response, defended the decision not to impose the strict lockdowns seen in other countries.”If we were to encounter the same disease with everything we know about it today, I think we would end up doing something in between what Sweden and the rest of the world has done,” Tegnell told Swedish Radio. Topics : Sweden has so far reported 40,803 confirmed cases and 4,542 deaths, a toll far greater than neighboring countries — and one described by Tegnell as “absolutely” too high.Schools have remained open to under-16s. Cafes, bars and restaurants and most businesses have also stayed open. But gatherings of more than 50 people have been forbidden.People have been urged to work from home, limit contacts, practice social distancing and wash hands frequently. The public is expected to follow the recommendations, but they are not legally binding.Tegnell told Swedish Radio that he was still unsure which parts of society could have been shut down to make a difference.”It would be good to know more precisely what you should shut down to better prevent a spread of the infection,” he said. But in comments to AFP later he acknowledged that they should have handled nursing homes differently: they account for more than half of Sweden’s deaths from the virus.”I think if we as a society had looked more at them…that could have made a difference,” he said.”Maybe earlier testing could have made some kind of difference, especially among the elderly homes.”Sweden did ban visits to nursing homes.
Advertisement Lichtsteiner will leave Arsenal at the end of the month when his contract expires (Picture: Getty)The Spanish coach was not pleased with the side’s displays when using a three-man defence, with the tweak failing to make Arsenal any more solid but hampering their overall play.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWhile the Gunners’ attack was particularly ferocious thanks to a strike partnership of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the defence conceded 70 goals in all competitions.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEmery has already let Stephan Lichtsteiner leave the club, electing not to trigger the extra year clause in his contract, and others are expected to follow.Captain Koscielny only has one more year left to run on his contract and will be allowed to leave if Arsenal receive a suitable offer, while Emery is also prepared to cash in on Monreal. Unai Emery planning to ditch back three in major Arsenal defensive overhaul this summer The Spaniard wants to improve his back-line in the off-season (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery will look to strengthen his Arsenal defence considerably this summer and is set to offload Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal as part of a major rebuild.Eight teams conceded fewer goals than Arsenal in the Premier League last season, with their defensive record closer to 17th-placed Brighton than any of their top-four rivals.Emery changed to a back three to try and shore up the defence and stop his side leaking so many goals, but The Sun report that he wants to revert to a back four next season. Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 4 Jun 2019 11:56 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.5kShares Koscielny and Monreal have not done enough to impress Emery (Picture: Getty)The club have been looking at fresh left-back options to compete with Sead Kolasinac and also want cover for Hector Bellerin at right-back, with PSG’s Thomas Meunier linked.Unfortunately, Emery’s overhaul must be done on a shoestring budget after the side failed to qualify for the Champions League, meaning they could be priced out of a move for Sampdoria’s in-demand centre-back Joachim Andersen, who is valued at £25m.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal
Share Sharing is caring! NewsSports Fidel Edwards ready for comeback for West Indies by: – June 21, 2011 Share Share 25 Views no discussions Tweet Fidel Edwards KINGSTON, Jamaica — Fidel Edwards is eyeing a successful comeback to the international stage. The fiery fast bowler, who was sidelined for a long period with a back injury, has been named in the West Indies squad to face India in the First Digicel Test match at Sabina Park on Monday.The 29-year-old Edwards joined Windies team-mates in a full three-hour training session on Saturday at Sabina Park. He had an extended bowl in the nets and declared himself “ready” if selected in the starting line-up.Speaking to the local and international media, he outlined his rehabilitation, the challenges he faced, how he overcame the obstacles, his good showing with the ball for Barbados earlier this year in the WICB Regional 4-Day Tournament, and his hunger for success at the international level.Edwards, has a love affair with Sabina Park a place he calls a “home away from home”. He made his Test debut at the historic ground eight years ago and had a dream match, taking five wickets in his first bowl against Sri Lanka.“I have always loved bowling here at Sabina Park. For me it’s like a second home (ground)… I would say a home away from home. I’ve had some success here with the ball, for West Indies as well as for Barbados and I’m looking for even more success, if the selectors name me in the XI,” Edwards said.“I played my first Test match here and did very well. In that game I got five (wickets) in the first innings and six in the match and that really was great. The crowd here in Jamaica are very good and really support West Indies team, and that’s always something you can feed off as a players.”In his career so far, Edwards has played 43 Test matches, making him the most experienced bowler in the West Indies squad. He has taken 122 wickets, with best figures of 7-87 against New Zealand at Napier in 2008.“I am bowling far better, in more consistent areas and swinging a lot more than before. I am training a lot harder, gym a lot, strengthening my back, my legs, my muscles, my weak areas a lot,” he said.“I now need to take it step by step. I have bowled long spells in February and March; I remember a really long spell against England Lions and I have been injury free.”West Indies Test Squad:Darren Sammy – CaptainBrendan Nash – Vice CaptainAdrian BarathCarlton BaughDevendra BishooDarren BravoShivnarine ChanderpaulFidel EdwardsRavi RampaulKemar RoachMarlon SamuelsRamnaresh SarwanLendl SimmonsCaribbean News Now
Schirmer speaks during a November Chamber After Hours event in November. (Image: Franklin County Chamber)A local businessman has been recently recognized for his contributions to Franklin County. Bill Schirmer was named as “Citizen of the Year for 2013.”According to the Franklin County Observer, the award was presented by the Franklin County Commissioners who highlighted his endeavors. Schirmer, who owns Tom’s Sales and Service in Brookville, also serves on the EMS board of directors, leads the Economic Development Commission and is the Chamber of Commerce president.He is also responsible for organizing summit meetings of major organizations in Franklin County, the Observer reported.
RelatedPosts Djokovic clinches fifth Italian Open title Djokovic zooms to 10th Italian Open final Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Rafael Nadal eased himself into the Australian Open second round to begin his bid for a record-tying 20th grand-slam title. Nadal’s victory at the US Open last summer brought him to within one of Roger Federer’s mark. Melbourne has been home to Nadal’s least-successful slam, with his only title here coming 11 years ago, although he has reached four finals since, including last year’s defeat by Novak Djokovic. Nadal made a convincing start with a 6-2 6-3 6-0 victory over Hugo Dellien, the first Bolivian ever to play in the Australian Open. Nadal was kept out on court for more than two hours, though, and he admitted he played it safe in the first two sets. “It has been a solid start,” said the world number one, who next faces Federico Delbonis of Argentina. “I think the third set was a great set. I think I played a very good level of tennis. The first two I played with a little bit more caution. “I think I was just trying to not do something very good, but not doing something very bad. Just trying to play a solid game with not many mistakes. “Just try to do the things that I know that I can do it. Just try to put myself on rhythm. That was my goal at the beginning of the match. “Then, with an advantage on the score, I just tried to play the way that I really believe I need to play if I want to have a positive result here.” Asked if he was thinking about number 20, Nadal said: “I think about Delbonis. That’s all. I think about my practice of tomorrow, try to follow up the level of tennis that I played in the third set. “If I am able to reach my highest level, that’s the thing that I have to worry about. If I am able to play at my highest level, normally I am able to produce some good chances. If not, impossible. “So I don’t care about 20 or 15 or 16. I just care about trying to keep going, keep enjoying my tennis career. “If I reach 20, fantastic. If I reach 21, better. If I reach 19, super happy about all the things that I did in my tennis career.”Tags: Australian OpenHugo DellienNovak DjokovicRafael NadalRoger FedererUS Open
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Rohit Sharma has been included in the India Test squad for the upcoming three Tests against South Africa. With KL Rahul being excluded, it was felt that Rohit would open the batting. The importance of Rohit could be judged by the fact that he was chosen captain for the Board President’s XI against South Africa in Vizianagaram. However, Rohit had a tough day as he came out to open with Mayank Agarwal. The skipper was caught by substitute Heinrich Klassen off the bowling of Vernon Philander to fall for a two-ball duck.The match itself has been marred by rain, with no play taking place on day 1 at Vizianagaram. On day 2, Aiden Markram and Temba Bavuma were the stars for South Africa. Markram smashed a 100 and Bavuma, who was in good form in the Twenty20 Internationals, smashed 87 off 127 balls to help South Africa reach 287/6 declared. Dharmendrasinh Jadeja was the star with three wickets while Umesh Yadav, who replaced Jasprit Bumrah in the Test team, took the wicket of Dean Elgar while Ishan Porel got rid of Theunis de Bruyn.India are on the search for a solid opening pair after KL Rahul was dropped for the South Africa Test series after a poor run of form. In an interview to India Today earlier in the month, Prasad had revealed the selectors were looking at Rohit as a Test opener after Rahul’s struggles. Also Read | Rohit Sharma’s ‘Special Talent’ Suits Him For Test Cricket: Ajinkya Rahane”As selection committee we haven’t met after the conclusion of the West Indies tour. We will definitely take this (Rohit as opener) point into consideration when we all meet and discuss about it. KL (Rahul) is definitely a great talent. Of course, he is going through a bit tough time in Test cricket. We are definitely concerned about his form. He needs to spend more time on the wicket and regain his touch and form,” Prasad said. Also Read | Rohit Sharma Moves To Eighth Spot, This Afghanistan Player Makes Big Strides In T20I RankingsRohit averages a touch under 40 in Tests and he has predominantly batted at No.5 or No.6 in the longer format. However, when Rohit was promoted to open the batting in ODIs and T20Is, his form and career improved and since then, he has been indispensable in the limited-overs formats. However, one would be hoping that the dismissal in Vizianagaram is a one-off and that he performs well in the Tests which begin in Vizag on October 2.
… Brazilian coach focusses on giving Golden Jaguars an identityBRAZILIAN Marcio Maximo has expressed optimism of Guyana topping their League B group at the CONCACAF Nations League, as Golden Jaguars continue to heighten preparation for their opening game against Aruba in Curacao on September 6.By virtue of finishing seventh in the qualifying stages of the competition, Guyana were placed in Group C of League B alongside Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba and Jamaica.Following their September 6 encounter, Guyana will return home to host Jamaica on September 9 from 19:00hrs at the National Track and Field Centre.The Golden Jaguars will then travel to Antigua and Barbuda where they will roar at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on October 11, to finish off the first leg of the home-and-away formatted league.Guyana host Antigua and Barbuda on October 15, Aruba on November 15 and will travel to Jamaica on November 18 for their second clash with the ‘Reggae Boyz’.Máximo, who replaced Englishman and former Jamaican International Michael Johnson as the country’s head coach for the GFF’s senior men’s programme, had his first interaction with the media at the Federation’s ‘Home of Football’ at Providence.“People have been asking me what I expect about this competition (the Nations League); I just arrived about 10 days; I saw the players, they get to know my philosophy, what we want to do and what we want to give emphasis. I think it’s a medium term to long term programme,” Maximo said when asked about his expectations.New Golden Jaguars coach Marcio Maximo during yesterday’s training sessionMaximo reasoned that the “competition will be tough for us, I know we will have three days (in Curacao) but we study some video, we know some of the players and we have three days there to implement something. We can’t change so much in three days. But of course, every time you go to a competition you’re expected to win but we’re being realistic as well.”“You should understand that it’s not going to be easy, we have to create step-by-step conditions to be a solid team in the Caribbean. We go to this game with, of course, always, optimism and positive energy, but stray from the reality. We’re going to create the conditions to be a winning team in the medium and long term,” the former Tanzania National Team coach added.So far, defender Matthew Briggs and forward Emery Welshman are the only two confirmed overseas-based players to be called by Máximo, with the new ‘Golden Jaguars’ coach pointing out that his philosophy has always been to find a good balance between youth and experience, and a balance between overseas and local players.“Gradually, we’ll have more youth players, more local players, but an equal percent that’s our objectivity,” the Brazilian said, while noting, however, that “our local players right now don’t have the experience like the foreign players, so we should find a balance in-between the local and foreign players to prepare a good national team.”It’s also clear the Brazilian coach is keen in giving Guyana an identity on the pitch, telling reporters that “the team should be disciplined tactically and more importantly, discover our own style. You should have your own style… Guyana style, like other national teams. You shouldn’t compare to Brazil, may be one day, but you should create conditions for players to develop.”The home-and-away group stage of the 2019 CONCACAF Nations League will be played on FIFA match dates in September, October and November 2019, while the Final Championship will take place in 2020.At the conclusion of the round-robin group stage, the winners of each League A group will qualify to the Final Championship, while the League B and C group winners will be promoted to League A and B for the next edition of the competition.Additionally, the teams at the bottom of each League A and B group will be relegated to League B and C respectively.
Frot Group donates N1m to the African championDuro IkhazuagbeAfrica’s first table tennis player to reach the men’s single’s quarter final of an Olympic Game, Aruna Quadri has continued to receive accolades for his feat at the ongoing Rio2016 despite losing to World Number 1, MA Long of China on Tuesday night.Quadri who turned 28 years old on August 9 got a befitting birthday song from adorable Brazilian fans and other African athletes and officials for doing the continent proud. An elated Quadri said yesterday: “”They were really good singers, I was so happy seeing them singing for me, it was amazing thing.”He however admitted the superiority of Chinese superstar, “MA Long is so much better, so much faster, everything is just perfect about MA Long while his speed was just too much for me. It was not going very well for me tonight and I had a lot more difficulty receiving his service. He was stronger and faster, everything was just too perfect about him.”With his feat in Rio, Quadri believes this would inspire African players to aim for Olympic medals.“I believe that it is possible for an African to win Olympic medal in table tennis because nothing is impossible to go there, and not just me. I strongly believe there are some upcoming players in Africa, including Egypt’s Omar Assar, and some top Nigerian players who could be able to easily match my record with hard work,” concludes the 2014 ITTF Star Player.Meanwhile, President of Frot Group, Frank Momoh, insisted yesterday that the performance of Quadri has shown that with more support, table tennis has the capacity to bring more laurels to Nigeria.“Despite the loss of Quadri to Ma Long, the team needs our commendation, especially as Quadri has set a new African record as the first African to reach an Olympic quarter final in table tennis,” Momoh said.He however lauded the leadership of Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) for their efforts. “The leadership of NTTF has never been in doubt, as the country’s in Rio has further shown that the plan for table tennis is pan-African and you have our full support. With patriotic support from sport loving Nigerians and organisations, Nigeria can establish her authority in world reckoning.“To show our full support for the team, I on behalf of Frot Group hereby give a cash reward of $2,500 to Aruna Quadri for his new African record. Well done also to NTTF President, Wahid Enitan-Oshodi, well done Team Nigeria,” he added.Encomiums have also continued to pour in for Quadri’s feat. From Egypt, Mauritius, Algeria, Djibouti, South Africa, Botswana and Cote d’Ivoire, Quadri’s feat as the first African to qualify for the quarter-final round of the table tennis event at the Olympic Games has become the talk of the town across the continent.President of the African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF), Khaled El-Salhy, Vice President of the South Africa Olympic Committee (SAOC), Hajera Kajee, as well as the former President of Djibouti Table Tennis Association and Executive member of ATTF, Farah Hassan Farah, all heaped praises on Quadri, stressing that he has now put the continent on the global map with all eyes on Africa now at ITTF.The excited ATTF boss said: “I am so happy with Quadri Aruna of Nigeria flying high in the prospect of Rio Olympic Games by qualifying to the quarterfinal of the Men’s Single.Congratulation to Africa, ATTF, NTTF and all table tennis fans in our continent,” he noted.“It is indeed a great moment for Nigeria and our Continent Africa. Viva Africa,” said Kajee. Well done!! Kudos to Aruna Quadri and his team, Nigeria Table Tennis Federation and of course the continent should celebrate this outstanding performance,” said Farah.The President of Senegal Table Tennis Federation, Balla Lo also hailed Quadri, stressing that the huge gap between Africa and developed continents has reduced with this feat.“This is not the case regarding some major sports like football, basketball, judo and many other sports where the gap is still very wide. My best wishes to Aruna,” concludes the Senegalese table tennis chief.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Share Submit Stats Perform locks up ‘Big May’ by adding esports and darts content April 30, 2020 Ladbrokes strikes new partnership with PDC November 22, 2018 Pool betting app supplier Low6 hopes to boost engagement with millennial punters through the launch of its PDC Picks for the PDC Low6 Home Tour Playoffs.The app, which will be powered using data from Abelson Info, will give users the opportunity to watch and engage with their favourite darts players throughout the tournament.Josh Turk, CMO of Low6 and creator of PDC Picks, explained: “Low6 captures the millennial audience with it’s highly engaging “Picks” product, simplistic gameplay, mobile gamification, live leaderboard, low stakes and extremely visual UI/UD design. “Unlike traditional sports betting sites, there are no odds presented to the user. Alternatively, each contest offers a series of “picks” questions, where users “pick” which team they think will win the match, which player will score most 180’s or earn the highest checkout. You don’t have to predict a perfect bet slip to win, you just have to predict more answers correctly than your mates.”Adam Perfect, PDC Head of Commercial, added: “The introduction of the exciting new PDC Picks has been a great addition for our fans and helped to provide another way for them to enjoy the darts action whilst watching from home. “It was perfect timing for us to launch this alongside our innovative Home Tour tournament, which has seen the best players in the world compete against each other from their own homes, and PDC Picks has allowed fans to be a part of the action directly from their own sofas!”The Low6 Home Tour Playoffs allows fans to watch elite level darts from the comfort of their own homes via live streams. 32 PDC Tour card holders face-off in a 11-night tournament, with the Low6 Playoff Trophy presented to the winner on 5 June. Turk continued: “With the successful launch of PDC Picks, interest has grown exponentially with other professional leagues and teams seeking a bespoke branded app to engage with their fanbase. “Low6’s B2B network platform is an ideal turn-key solution for sports teams, leagues, media groups and bookmakers that allow seamless integration of “Picks” into existing apps or sites, providing shared liquidity within the Low6 network.“Low6 have some exciting partnerships with UK football clubs and other sports clubs to rollout in the upcoming months, offering fans from each club the ability to participate in network contests with combined prize pools with combined fans from all our partners.” Abelson turns up the power for Low6 darts betting app May 21, 2020